London, July 26 (TASR) – Two Slovak citizens have been arrested in the British city of Worcester over an acid attack on a three-year-old boy, Foreign and European Affairs Ministry press department director Igor Skocek told TASR on Thursday.
According to British media, the police have arrested five men in total regarding the case. British tabloid The Daily Mail published an article on Wednesday (July 25) in which it actually named three men from Slovakia living in London who were allegedly involved in the attack – Adam C., 27, Jan D., 25, and Norbert P., 22.
Other newspapers reported that the trio on Wednesday appeared in court alongside an Afghan called Jabar P., 41, who lives in Wolverhampton (West Midlands), and the injured boy’s father, whose name wasn’t stated for legal reasons. Their motive is as yet unknown.
The attack was carried out in a Worcester shopping centre on Saturday afternoon (July 21). The boy was taken to hospital with severe burns on his face and arms; he was discharged a day later. However, whether the injuries will have a long-term effect on his health remains unclear. According to the police, the boy was the target of a deliberate attack.
Britain has recently recorded a rise in the number of acid attacks. For this reason the Government plans to restrict the sale of similar substances, mainly to persons under 18 years of age.